Symptoms

Darkening of skin

Overview

Skin darkening is common among people and Hyperpigmentation is the term used to denote over- blackening of skin. It is also the cause of darkened spots on skin but which is a harmless skin condition where the skin becomes darker than usual. The main reason of skin darkening is due to excess accumulation of melanin pigment which is related to skin pigmentation.

Melanocytes are the skin cells producing a pigment called Melanin, giving color to the skin. The excessive production of melanin is the cause of hyperpigmentation. Overexposure to sunlight triggers the production of melanin and thus hyperpigmentation. Thus increased sun exposure can cause darkening of face as a face is the most exposed skin part to sunlight.

Sunscreens are usually applied to get protection from sun and sunburns. It will help you protect from harmful sun rays but make sure that it does not contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Use dermatologist prescribed sunscreens for better results. Also, the dark underarm causes are sometimes the overuse of deodorants, shaving creams, etc.

Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the skin cancers which is curable if diagnosed and treated early. The non-melanoma skin cancer signs are as follows

  • A firm red nodule that bleeds

  • A scaly growth over the skin that develops a crust

  • Presence of a sore that is difficult to heal

  • It can appear on the nose, lower lips, ears, hands, forehead, other sun-exposed areas

The melanocytes or skin cells producing melanin will become more immune to sun exposure, inflammation, hormonal changes, free radicals, etc. Thus as we age, our skin starts developing unsightly dark spots and exhibiting uneven hyperpigmentation.

If you have found any unusual skin growth then it is important to consult a dermatologist. Skin cancer is exhibited in different ways and sometimes it can be a changing mole, itching, bleeding on any mole, etc.

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